How to Apply

Is this job right for you?

Before you apply for the position, review the job advertisement and position description to determine if the role is right for you. The Position description provides an overview of the role and responsibilities as well as the skills and experience required to be successful in the role.

Preparing your application

Applications should be clear and concise and relate to the position applied for.

Selection Criteria

  • You must respond to each criteria provided in the advertisement.
  • It is your responsibility to demonstrate to the selection panel how you meet the selection criteria (essential/desirable criteria)
  • Make your responses clear, concise and relevant to the criteria identified (as a guide two paragraphs demonstrating how you meet each criteria)


An up to date resume containing a list of your academic qualifications and training certificates/licenses together with a summary of your previous employment history, positions held and period of employment with a brief description of duties performed.

Cover Letter

A short covering letter with a brief introduction detailing your skills, qualifications and experience relevant to the job

You may also be requested to supply copies of your qualifications as part of your application

Submitting your application

  • Submit your application before the closing date and time – late applications will not be considered
  • Applications will be acknowledged on receipt (Note: if you don’t receive an email acknowledging please check junk folder)
  • If you are shortlisted for an interview, you will be contacted by email or telephone to arrange an interview. If you have not been contacted within 6-8 weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful as no further correspondence will be sent

Shortlisting Applications

After the closing date, a selection panel will consider all applications in accordance with the selection criteria and a short list of applicants compiled.


Shortlisted applicants will be contacted via phone or email regarding an interview date, time and location of the interview. You will be advised if you are required to provide any documentation to support evidence of your work and any additional practical skills and knowledge based exercises.


  • Council reference check process consists of both online reference and/or phone reference checks
  • Initially reference checks will be completed via X-Ref which is an online reference validation system; and at times we may also request to contact your referee by phone as well.
  • Following the interview process shortlisted applicants will be contacted regarding referee details and sent a link to the X-Ref portal.
  • You will need to provide the name, position titles, contact details (including email address) of at least two work references. Referees should be current and/or recent previous Manager/Supervisors (please do not include referees of work colleagues or friends).
  • Referees can complete the reference check 24/7 to ensure it is not impinging on working hours.

Pre-employment screening

Council requires pre-employment screening for all prospective employees:

  • Pre-employment Medical Assessment – for the purpose of ascertaining whether you are physically fit for and suitable to carry out the function of the proposed position. You will be referred to Council’s nominated medical assessment centre to undertake the medical which will be completed at Council’s expense
  • Working Rights
  • Criminal Records Check
  • Working With Children Check – where a position has been identified as a child-related position

Internal Applications

Please ensure that you follow the guidelines outlined above

Equal Employment Opportunity

Council is an equal opportunity employer. Hawkesbury City Council values a diverse and inclusive workplace representing the community we serve.

Merit Principle

Council will recruit employees fairly on the basis on merit. The following factors are considered:

  • The nature of the duties of the positon
  • Your skills, qualifications, experience and personal qualities that are relevant to the performance of those duties.

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